Sixth & U, our Jewish education series primarily targeted for young professionals, provides a variety of opportunities to satisfy an appetite for Jewish learning, spiritual growth, and modern discourse on an ancient religion. Our regular offerings include:
Interfaith Couples Workshop
A guided, nonjudgmental space for Jews and their non-Jewish partners to participate in practical conversations, gain insight from case studies, find personal support, and engage in religious and secular text study. Click here to add your name to our current inquiry list.
What It Takes
This series features intensive, skill-based classes designed for people at all points along the Jewish spectrum. Learn about and connect with rituals, practices, and holidays over sessions spanning one to three days. For a list of past and future What It Takes courses, including WIT: To Officiate Your Friend’s Wedding, WIT: High Holidays, and WIT: Havdallah, click here.
Jewish Welcome Workshop: An In-depth Introduction to Judaism
This 38-week introductory course is designed for those interested in learning more about Judaism and/or converting. Participants learn both within the classroom and through immersion in the larger Sixth & I and Washington DC community. At the end of the program, non-Jewish participants will be prepared to convert to Judaism or to live as a Ger Toshav (“fellow traveler”) with the Jewish people.
The course starts in September of each year and runs for 38 weeks, usually on Thursday nights. Participants can choose to enroll in either the 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm section. This class is for people in their 20s and 30s. The class is a mix of lectures, group activities, text studies, and holiday celebrations. No Hebrew language knowledge is required. Those wishing to convert will meet with one of the rabbis individually during the year and beyond. The rabbi—in consultation with you—determines when you are ready for the actual conversion.
We currently are accepting prospective students for the 2018-2019 cohort. By joining this inquiry list, you are indicating that you are interested in being contacted in early spring 2018, when we start registration. If you are interested in meeting with a rabbi before that time to discuss the process of conversion, please contact Annie to set up a meeting.
An Introduction to Judaism class is a prerequisite for the Jewish Welcome Workshop. One option is our 5-week Basically Jewish course. You are welcome to take the introductory class somewhere else as well.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Course
This 30-week course explores Jewish approaches to prayer and spirituality, as well as the ins and outs of Saturday morning Shabbat services. At the end of the course, participants can celebrate their B’nai Mitzvah on our historic bimah. Basic Hebrew reading skills required; comprehension not necessary. The course begins each fall. To be added to our inquiry list, please click here.
Building A Jewish Home
Open to singles and couples both Jewish and interfaith, this course explores what it means to create a Jewish home. Through guided conversation, students talk, learn, and discover ways to infuse Jewish values and traditions into their homes and lives. To be added to our inquiry list, please click here.
An experiential introduction to Judaism course designed for Jews and non-Jews looking to discover or reconnect with Judaism. The five-week course allows students to develop a deeper connection with the Jewish faith through a digestible introduction to Jewish traditions, customs, and rituals.
Thinking Jewishly: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World
Being a Jew in the modern world is complicated. Over the course of a year, each class in this six-part series, taught by Rabbi Suzy, will focus on a different hot topic in modern Jewish thought. Uncover transformative Jewish ideas that have led our society closer to peace and justice while grappling with complicated ethical dilemmas provoked by our most ancient texts. To sign up for upcoming sessions, click here.
*No one will be turned away from any of our classes due to a lack of funds. We are happy to set up individualized payment plans. For more information about Sixth & U and/or setting up a payment plan, please contact our Jewish Programming Associate, Annie.